Sinner Dethrones Djokovic In UTR Rankings After Australian Open Win

Sinner Dethrones Djokovic In UTR Rankings After Australian Open Win

by Nurein Ahmed

Jannik Sinner's breathtaking victory over Novak Djokovic at last month's Australian Open has had a seismic impact on the UTR (Universal Tennis Rating) rankings.

The UTR is a player rating system that is instituted to provide a real-time and accurate measurement of skill level. They don't have any affiliation with the official ATP rankings. In fact, the UTR is a global rating metric that includes players at all levels regardless of their age, gender, or location.

The players are usually rated on a scale of between 1.00 and 16.50 and don't have any correlation with the ATP rankings, as is the misconception. One of the core factors in determining the UTR ranking is recent match results.

This certainly explains why Jannik Sinner has risen to the top ahead of Novak Djokovic. Sinner has defeated the Serb in two of their last head-to-head matches. Last November, he saved three successive match points in a crucial Davis Cup tie between Italy and Serbia and beat Djokovic.

Sinner carried that momentum to the new season as he sauntered to his first Australian Open semifinal last month. There, he encountered Djokovic in his path, and the Italian delivered one of his best performances to beat the defending champion in four sets.

The 22-year-old completed the job just a couple of days later, beating Daniil Medvedev to win his first Grand Slam. Sinner's UTR is 16.21, with Djokovic in second with a rating of 16.16.

Daniil Medvedev, who lost his third Australian Open final in four years, is in third with a rating of 15.97. Carlos Alcaraz, who hasn't won a title in six months, is in fourth place with a rating of 15.88.

Injured Spaniard Rafael Nadal is surprisingly in the Top 10 (sixth spot) despite only recently returning to action in Brisbane, where he reached the quarterfinal. Nadal ranked ahead of Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, Taylor Fritz, and Hubert Hurkacz, who have each won a title in the past 12 months.

UTR Rankings as of February 5th, 2024:

Rank Player UTR
1 Jannik Sinner 16.21
2 Novak Djokovic 16.16
3 Daniil Medvedev 15.97
4 Carlos Alcaraz 15.88
5 Andrey Rublev 15.87
6 Rafael Nadal 15.85
7 Alexander Zverev 15.82
8 Grigor Dimitrov 15.75
9 Taylor Fritz 15.73
10 Hubert Hurkacz 15.70
11 Roman Safiullin 15.65
12 Stefanos Tsitsipas 15.64
13 Nick Kyrgios 15.63
14 Matteo Berrettini 15.63
15 Jack Draper 15.59
16 Ugo Humbert 15.59
17 Ben Shelton 15.59
18 Tommy Paul 15.57
19 Alex De Minaur 15.56
20 Karen Khachanov 15.52
21 Jenson Brooksby 15.51
22 Tomas Machac 15.49
23 Adrian Mannarino 15.48
24 Tallon Griekspoor 15.45
25 Jordan Thompson 15.43
26 Casper Ruud 15.42
27 Nicolas Jarry 15.41
28 Sebastian Korda 15.41
29 Aslan Karatsev 15.41
30 Frances Tiafoe 15.40
31 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 15.38
32 Stan Wawrinka 15.37
33 Cameron Norrie 15.36
34 Botic Van De Zandschulp 15.36
35 Miomir Kecmanovic 15.34
36 Gael Monfils 15.33
37 Holger Vitus Nødskov Rune 15.33
38 Sebastian Baez 15.32
39 Jan-Lennard Struff 15.32
40 Matteo Arnaldi 15.32
41 Marcos Giron 15.31
42 Fabian Marozsan 15.31
43 Arthur Fils 15.31
44 Marin Cilic 15.31
45 Emil Ruusuvuori 15.30
46 Alexander Bublik 15.29
47 Alexei Popyrin 15.29
48 Roberto Bautista Agut 15.29
49 Jiri Lehecka 15.27
50 Marton Fucsovics 15.27


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